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Kids to watch the birdie

Last modified: 07 February 2012

Male chaffinch

Who will you spot at Top Lodge?...

Image: Andy Hay

Local youngsters are being encouraged to find out about wild birds during the half-term holidays.

The RSPB is running courses introducing birdwatching to children at the Top Lodge centre in Fineshade Woods.

The morning classes are being run on Tuesday 14 February and Thursday 16 February, starting at 10:30 am.

Kids will find out how to identify birds and then put theory into practise with an expedition into the woods.

Classes cost £4 per child and £2 per accompanying adult, with a discount for RSPB members. Places are strictly limited so advance booking is required by calling 07912 667734.

Chris Andrews, RSPB visitor officer, said: “Birdwatching is a marvelous activity that can be done anywhere, by anyone, of any age. The kids eyes light up and there is a real blast of excitement as the explore the woods and spot colourful birds for the first time – a fun learning experience.”

The Top Lodge centre is located in the Forestry Commission’s Fineshade Woods, just off the A43 between Corby and Stamford (signposted Top Lodge, Fineshade). The site is 20 minutes from the centre of Peterborough and 45 minutes from Leicester. The site also has a café, toilets and children’s play area.

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